The Month of Safar: The History and Misconceptions

By Halal Trip | 17, Sep, 2020
The Month of Safar: The History and Misconceptions

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One of the holiest months in the Islamic Calendar, Muharram is coming to an end very soon. In accordance with the Islamic Hijri Calendar, Safar is the second month in the 12 month Islamic Hijri Calendar. As with any Islamic dates, the dates are different every year due to the nature of the Hijri Calendar being a lunar calendar as opposed to the solar Gregorian Calendar. The timing or day of the event depends on the sightings of the moons.

This year, the month of Safar will be starting on 19 September 2020 for the Islamic year of 1442 AH, Inshaa Allah.

History

There is a common belief that the month of Safar was named as such due to the fact that in the pre-Islamic times, people used to travel extensively during this month to gather food and other necessities, leaving their houses empty. This relates back to the word “Safar” which when translated from Arabic means empty.

Misconception

The month of Safar has been a target of the misconception that the month is filled with misfortunes and superstitions. However, when we consult the hadiths it can be understood that Safar is just one of the 12 months of Allah SWT. 

Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“[There is] no 'Adwa [no contagious disease is conveyed without Allah’s permission], nor is there any bad omen [from birds], nor is there any Haamah [disease], nor is there any [bad omen in the month of] Safar…”

[Sahih al-Bukhari 5707; Sahih Muslim, 2220]

Hadhrat Jabir (RA) reported Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“The descending of illness and evil superstition befalling in the month of Safar is untrue”

[Muslim]

Significance

There are no specific deeds recommended during Safar in Islam but we should always continue our ibadah throughout the year. Let us follow the advice of our beloved Prophet (SAW) and may Allah (SWT) give us ease and guidance to perform our ibadah and forgive our sins. In Shaa Allah.